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The development and application practice of wind-solar energy hybrid generation systems in China


  • Liu, Li-qun
  • Wang, Zhi-xin


China is the largest developing country in the world. At present, more and more energy demand gives immense pressure to Chinese government. The inappropriate energy structure must be improved by Chinese government in order to achieve the sustainable development of economy and society. Development and application of renewable energy, such as wind energy, solar energy, biomass energy, etc., have been regarded by the government and the local people in the past 10 years, and more and more actual examples have been established, which are supported by government and plants in China. It is well known that there are abundant wind and solar resources in China. This paper presents the distribution zone and development and application practice status in China. However, a common drawback is existing in the stand-alone wind energy and solar energy generating power system, which is the unpredictable output electric power, and the output power depends on the unpredictable weather and climatic changes. Fortunately, the wind-solar hybrid generation system can partially overcome the problems. The conventional structure and key technology of stand-alone wind-solar hybrid generating system, the current status and outlook of wind-solar hybrid energy system are presented in the paper, for example, the city road lighting system, distributed generation, photovoltaic (PV) water pumping for irrigation, etc. At the end, the policies and laws of China central government and local governments are described, and the development barriers and recommendations are introduced.

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  • Liu, Li-qun & Wang, Zhi-xin, 2009. "The development and application practice of wind-solar energy hybrid generation systems in China," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 13(6-7), pages 1504-1512, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:13:y:2009:i:6-7:p:1504-1512

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    1. Yang, H.X. & Lu, L. & Burnett, J., 2003. "Weather data and probability analysis of hybrid photovoltaic–wind power generation systems in Hong Kong," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 28(11), pages 1813-1824.
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